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Jump start from 1996 Chevy Lumina

12-06-2005, 12:02 PM
I want to use my 1996 Chevy Lumina to jump start my
wife's dead battery. I have located the "remote positive
terminal" for the battery in the Lumina, but the jumper
cable can't reach the negative terminal. Is there a way
I can work around this? Thanks in advance.

12-06-2005, 05:05 PM
Snap the - jumper lead onto the engine lifting ring. Might have to wiggle it some to get to bare metal instead of black paint.

12-07-2005, 06:20 AM
if his Lumina is the good car - he needs to put the cables on his Positive AND negative battery terminals, to his wife's Positive on her battery, and then he can ground out the negative. So, I don't think your reply is accurate.

My neighbor needed a jump, and I wanted to use my '04 Venture, and i couldn't figure out how to get to my negative terminal on my battery. i ended up getting my '81 Trans Am over there to jump her car for her.

so - i re-ask the question, how do you get to the negative terminal on these vehicles????

12-07-2005, 09:05 AM
You do NOT need to get to the negative terminal on the battery. You only need to get to a hefty piece of metal that is securely CONNECTED to the negative terminal of the battery.

Snap onto the lift ring of both engines...

12-07-2005, 09:38 AM
thanks Schurkey, that i didnt know.

will keep that in mind for future reference

12-07-2005, 10:28 AM
Thanks Schurkey and bleepster --

Not sure where the engine liftiing ring is; I'll have to try
to look that up. But I clamped onto a bare part of the engine
(in both cars) and everything worked out. That is, at least
I didn't kill the Lumina. My wife's car cranked, but didn't start.
We're getting it towed. But with your help at least I didn't
make the situation worse. Thanks.

12-07-2005, 08:41 PM
Don't worry about messing up the dead car, worry about sending a voltage spike to the running cars computer and frying it....

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